The residence permits of expatriate staff of 6 companies, including Intels Nigeria Ltd., reportedly owned by Atiku Abubakar, have been revoked by the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede.
Sunday James, Public Relations Officer of the Immigration Service, made this known in a statement on Wednesday, Punch reports.
The affected staff have also been ordered to leave the country before November 30, 2017, otherwise they will be deported.
This is coming after the Federal Government voided Intels’ contract with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), describing the contract as “illegal as formed.”
The House of Representatives had previously ordered the reversal of the termination until the House could ascertain if due process was followed before the termination of the contract.
According to Punch, James, in his statement, said the revocation of the residence permits was in the exercise of the powers vested on the Comptroller General in Section 39 sub-section 1 of Immigration Act 2015 and Section 5, sub-section 5 of the Immigration Regulation, 2017. He said:
The Comptroller/General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, hereby revokes the residence permits of the expatriate staff of the underlisted companies.
Consequently, the CGI has directed that the expatriate staff of the affected companies leave Nigeria not later than November 30, 2017, failure of which they might be recommended to the Minister of Interior for deportation.